Harrisburg, PA - Anthony Rendon hit a game-tying two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, but the Senators fell 7-6 to the Altoona Curve in 10 in the rubber game of the three-game series.
The Senators took the game's first lead on Jeff Howell's solo homer in the second, his first of the season. The lead was short lived, however, as Altoona came right back with four runs in the top of the third. The inning was capped off by a two-run homer off the bat of Andrew Lambo, his fourth long ball against the Senators this season.
The Sens got two runs back in the bottom of the third on a two-run double by Rendon. Altoona again responded quickly with two more in the top of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead.
Down 6-4 into the bottom of the ninth, Rendon came up with a man on first and two out, and hit a towering fly ball over the left-center field fence to tie the game. It was the third homer of the season for the number one Nationals prospect (according to Baseball America). With one out in the tenth, Jarek Cunningham hit a big home run himself, his fifth of the season, and it was the eventual game-winner.
Ken Kasparek picked up his first win for Altoona, after blowing the save in the ninth and giving up the Rendon blast. He bounced back to pitch a scoreless tenth. Pat Lehman threw a scoreless ninth, but gave up the homer to Cunningham and suffered his third loss.
Tomorrow, the Senators open a four-game series on the road against the Binghamton Mets. Game time is 6:35 p.m. and the game can be heard on 1460am The Ticket, on the Internet through the Senators website, and it's available through iHeart Radio beginning with the pregame show at 6:20 p.m.
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